Park­ing wor­ries over planned care home

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Front Page - By Gerry War­ren gwar­ren@thek­m­ @Ger­ry_war­ren

A state-of-the-art care home will help meet the grow­ing short­age of beds in the city, says the com­pany be­hind the plans.

But con­cerns have been raised about po­ten­tial park­ing prob­lems at the pro­posed site op­po­site Manor Close in Than­ing­ton.

The land was pre­vi­ously granted per­mis­sion for nine homes to be built but now Fron­tier Es­tates has re­vealed its scheme for the 64-bed care home. Early de­tails in­di­cate it will have 21 park­ing spa­ces, which the parish coun­cil fears is too lit­tle.

“With 64 rooms and dozens of staff, it will be nowhere near enough and could lead to over­spill in sur­round­ing roads,” said parish clerk Roger Cheese­worth. “I would have thought it needs dou­ble that.”

But Mr Cheese­worth said the idea of a new care home was very wel­come in the area and much needed.

He said: “The parish coun­cil has met with plan­ning con­sul­tants and was very im­pressed by the pro­fes­sional ap­proach and the way they are go­ing about it.

“We have just asked them to have a look at the num­ber of park­ing spa­ces and see if they can be in­creased.”

The de­sign is still in the early stages and more will be re­vealed at a pub­lic ex­hi­bi­tion at the Than­ing­ton Re­source Cen­tre from 2.30pm to 7.30pm on Mon­day, Jan­uary 8, where peo­ple will be en­cour­aged to give their views.

There is cur­rently a short­age of around 200 care beds in Can­ter­bury which is ris­ing and the ap­pli­cant says the fa­cil­ity is much-needed to help meet the grow­ing de­mand.

The home will be de­signed to pro­vide both res­i­den­tial and nurs­ing care, in­clud­ing de­men­tia and pal­lia­tive care.

A plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion is ex­pected to be sub­mit­ted next year, with work start­ing in the spring of 2019 and opened in 2020, if all goes to plan.

De­vel­op­ers of the nearby Than­ing­ton Park hous­ing scheme have al­ready re­vealed that a care home forms part of their scheme.

Artist’s im­pres­sion of a pro­posed new care home in Than­ing­ton - res­i­dents are wor­ried it will not have enough park­ing

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